Saturday, 21 January 2012

Terengganu determined to beat T-Team in local derby

When it comes to winning football matches, big brothers should know best.   

That is what Terengganu striker Manaf Mamat thinks ahead of the Kuala Terengganu derby against T-Team today.

The 25-year-old forward, who has yet to score in the new season, said T-Team had done well to lead the Super League after three matches with seven points.

"It seems our little brothers have grown up a little this season but we are only trailing them by a single point and we now have the perfect opportunity to re-arrange the family hierarchy into a proper order.

"No doubt they are strong at the back as they have yet to concede a goal  but they have not met the original Turtles just yet and we are going to test them to the limit tomorrow (today)," said Manaf.

But coach Mat Zan Mat Aris said it would not be easy playing a team who are more than familiar with each other's strengths and weaknesses.

"I personally do not know them all that well since T-Team were not here when I was coaching Terengganu more than 10 years ago.

"But I have been told that most players from both teams came from the same football academy and they tend to cancel each other out judging by the many draws when they play one another," he said.

The coach said Terengganu's job will be made harder by recent injuries to striker Francis Forkey and midfielder Shukor Jusoh.

"The Liberian made his debut in the match against Sarawak and he even scored the winner in Kuching but unfortunately he came away with a sprained ankle.

"Shukor pulled a hamstring during practice and may not be available for a while but it is a good thing that we now have Biano (Erison Da Silva Santos Carnietto) cleared to play in league matches," he said.

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